D’bai to take Silver at Pontefract
Ashley Iveson previews Monday's meetings in the UK with D'bai fancied to score at Pontefract.
D'bai (left) can win at Pontefract on Monday
PLUMPTON: 2.30 Blue Surf, 3.00 Unify, 3.30 Rest Easy, 4.00 Remind Me Later, 4.30 Kamool, 5.00 Chakisto, 5.30 Yukon Delta.
PONTEFRACT: 2.10 Baileys Apprentice, 2.40 Benjamin Thomas, 3.10 High Draw, 3.40 D'BAI (NAP), 4.10 Alf Guineas, 4.40 Foxcub, 5.10 Al Destoor, 5.40 Van Gerwen.
ROSCOMMON: 2.05 Theatre Wine, 2.35 Death Duty, 3.05 Coho, 3.35 Dreambaby, 4.05 Classic Theatre, 4.35 Space Cadet, 5.05 Aurora Bell.
WINDSOR: 1.50 Foxcatcher, 2.20 Canyari, 2.50 Funky Footsteps, 3.20 Stormbound, 3.50 Exoteric, 4.20 Wadigor, 4.50 Stormflower, 5.20 Desert Cross.
DOUBLE: D'Bai and Exoteric.
D'bai sets a standard that will be tough to match in the EBF Stallions Bet totetrifecta At Totesport.com Silver Tankard Stakes at Pontefract.
The Dubawi colt shaped with abundant promise when runner-up on his Newmarket debut and while he was made to work hard to get off the mark at prohibitive odds on his return to the July Course a couple of weeks later, he had earned a step up in class.
He tested the water in a higher grade in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster and with the aid of cheekpieces, he acquitted himself well.
While no match for Rivet and Thunder Snow, who fought out the finish, D'Bai was best of the rest in third and the front pair both ran with credit in the Dewhurst, giving the form a solid look.
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Charlie Appleby's charge has his sights lowered a shade in West Yorkshire and if he runs up to his three-figure rating, he should prove difficult to beat.
Alf Guineas can build on her encouraging introduction by claiming the totepoolracing Win Tickets On Facebook Maiden Stakes.
The daughter of Sea The Stars is bred to be a pretty useful as a full-sister to Group Three winner Star Storm, but was a friendless 20-1 shot for her racecourse bow at Chelmsford a week and a half ago.
However, she belied that market drift with a really sound performance, travelling well before failing to reel in all-the-way winner Strong Force, who had the benefit of experience.
Alf Guineas should have learnt plenty from that initial outing and provided she handles conditions on her switch to turf, she should be there or thereabouts at the business end.
The curtain comes down on Windsor's season with a bumper eight-race card after the Ivor Laws Memorial Handicap was divided.
Exoteric takes star billing in Division One after winning his last two starts.
The three-year-old confirmed previous promise when opening his account on his handicap debut at Bath in early August and a 4lb hike could not stop him following up decisively at Newmarket.
Another 4lb rise seems fair as he won with something in hand on the Rowley Mile and a hat-trick could be in the offing.
The Roger Varian-trained Wadigor is a tentative selection in the second division.
The Champs Elysees colt made a big impression when scoring on his first start at Wolverhampton last month, overcoming signs of greenness in the process.
He kicks off his handicap career off a mark of 81 and it will be interesting to see how he fares.
The National Hunt season has moved up a gear in the last fortnight and there is some quality fare to enjoy at Plumpton.
Chakisto won nicely at Uttoxeter on his return from a break earlier this month and can follow up in the Winner Event Services Novices' Handicap Chase, with Richard Johnson on board for this fencing bow.
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